Obama says health care as easy as online shopping
In a pitch to community college students in suburban Maryland on Thursday morning, Obama compared the soon-to-launch health care "marketplaces" to Internet travel websites that let users compare prices and details with a few keystrokes.
Though laced with jabs at Republican opponents of the law known as "Obamacare," the President's message was focused less on politics than on function.
That task is priority No. 1 for the Obama administration this week, with everyone from the commander in chief to the rank-and-file press staff setting out details for reporters and target interest groups.
Obama's speech will be followed by a series of events in which White House and agency officials will fan out to participate in conferences, briefings and online conversations with target groups.
Far from the policy-talk of past health care addresses, Obama on Thursday was offering more of a how-to.
"I promise you, this is a lot easier," he said. "It's like booking a hotel or a plane ticket."
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